Road access is key to keeping the capital in Juneau
It appears from the Empire's Sunday editorial that the writer has not been reading his or her own newspaper. The editorial states, "We also have a gold mine bringing in hundreds of new jobs."

Kudos to the Juneau police officer who did the right thing
My first thoughts when I read of a police officer defending himself against, of all things, a samurai sword was, "What damn fool is going to crawl out of the woodwork, crying foul play?"

Sessions should take place in Juneau
It should not even be a question of where to hold any special sessions.

Disappointed with Senate president
It was disappointing to read this morning that Senate President Lyda Green and others have ceded their legislative prerogatives to the governor.

Hold candidates responsible
I support Wayne Olson's proposal in the Aug. 8 Juneau Empire, "Making government representative." A law requiring that campaign donations to an Alaska public office candidate must only come from potential constituents is spot on.

Local business owners 'should have treated me better'
I read the letter ("Cartoon was insulting to Don Abel, locally minded businesses," July 24) from Murlin Everson who was upset about the cartoon that showed Don Abel "sneaking" out of Home Depot.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Photo: Creating an icon
Renowned iconographer Charles Rohrbacher paints an icon of Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the sunshine Wednesday in front of his Douglas home and studio. He is a deacon of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Bear activity shuts down glacier trail
Due to some close encounters between bears and people, the U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed a substantial section of the Steep Creek Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

A story in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly identified U.S. House candidate Diane Benson's chief opponent in the 2006 primary election for that seat and a photo Aug. 8 accompanying a story in problem bridges showed the wrong bridge.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

School Board reviews progress test results
Juneau Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright presented Annual Yearly Progress test results to the Juneau School Board on Tuesday in the first of two planned sessions.

Recording of shooting released
Juneau police on Wednesday released a recording of the conversation between an officer and the man he fatally shot Friday at Thunder Mountain Mobile Park.

Photo: Paddling in calm waters
Kelsea Clapper enjoys a quiet outing in her kayak Tuesday in Auke Bay. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures today as well.

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In an Aug. 14 story about the diminished political clout of the Alaska congressional delegation, The Associated Press reported erroneously the Senate committee for which Bill Hoagland formerly worked.

Office Depot hits a bump in the road
After some procedural wrangling Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission unanimously voted to reconvene later to examine a conditional-use permit application for the proposed 21,155-square foot Office Depot store in Lemon Creek.

Historic Tlingit photos arrive at state library
There's a reason why the great archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnographer Frederica de Laguna was well-received in Angoon and Yakutat during her studies of the northern Tlingit from 1949 until her death in 2004.

Tribal Journey
After paddling roughly 325 miles over 20 days during an intertribal canoe festival in Washington state last month, artist Duane Bosch aims to complete the final leg of a journey he began more than a year ago.

Photo: Jail break
A Dungeness crab makes a break for freedom Tuesday from the hold of the Americanus, which was docked at the Don Statter Harbor.

D.A. says use of deadly force was justified
A Juneau police officer was justified when he killed an assault suspect wielding a sword last weekend, according to District Attorney Doug Gardner.

Retailer to open Sept. 12
Wal-Mart has set Sept. 12 as opening day for its new Juneau supercenter, its first in Alaska, said Wal-Mart corporate spokeswoman Jennifer Holder.

Buildings shed light on frontier history
Albert Shaw asked me to write a story about old buildings on South Franklin Street in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

Autism's source: chemicals
I may be to blame for my daughter's autism. Last year, the Israeli army released a study in which men over 40 were found to be almost six times as likely to father autistic children as men in their 20s.

Photo: A Not-so-subtle stowaway
A sea lion boards the bow of a 20-foot Olympic boat that was anchored and fishing for halibut on Sunday, Aug. 12, in Young's Bay. The sea lion did not stay long; apparently, it couldn't find a comfy spot. It jumped up on the bow several times before leaving.

Do Alaska's wonders ever cease?
I am not myself east of the Mississippi. This is odd, since I spent 19 of my first 22 years in the Midwest surrounded by flat farmlands and suburban strip malls.

Pets of the week
Elvin didn't tell us much about his past when he came in as a stray and Raymond is one of a kind.





James Arthur Doyle
Former Funter Bay resident James Arthur Doyle, of Coos Bay, Oregon, died Aug. 9, 2007, in North Bend, Ore. He was 85.

Lynn Sundborg
Former Juneau resident Lynn Marie Sundborg died Aug. 5, 2007, in Seattle. She was 36.

Patricia Becker
Former Juneau resident Patricia P. Becker died July 25, 2007. She was 81.

Francis Smith
Lifelong Juneau resident Francis A. Smith died Aug. 12, 2007, at his home in Juneau. He was 79.

Alaska editorial: Legislature shouldn't rush gas line contract
The consequences of cutting the Legislature's work period to 90 days from 120 days has again come into crystal clear view.

Outside editorials: Sounding off on Rove
Wizardry was limited to winning elections, the architect of Bush strategy leaves, master of elections but failure on policy

My Turn: Assembly is doing what it should
Once again, I am forced to take the time to rebut Gordon Jackson (Aug. 7 My Turn, "Assembly not following its plan") on behalf of our development, the Valley Professional Center.

Global warming jihadists full of hot air
In every child's life there comes a time when childhood fantasies are shattered and he or she is forced to accept reality - there is no Santa Claus or tooth fairy; parents don't always mean it when they promise to stay married until parted by death.

My Turn: Juneau is the clear choice for special session venue
O n the issue of where to hold the special session later this year, I have given this topic much thought and wanted to share why Juneau is the better venue.

My Turn: Too much fluoride out there already
When I joined the mayoral commission to study the issue of municipal water fluoridation in 2004, I was fairly certain adding fluoride to city water was not the best approach to dental health.

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Alaska Digest
Five Fort Wainwright soldiers killed in Iraq, Police say dead body on highway is suspicious, Internet service toexpand in rural Alaska

Group petitions states to add oceans to list of 'impaired' waterways
A conservation organization has requested that Alaska and six other states add two bodies of water to their list of impaired waterways: the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Alaska Digest
Sampson rewards education excellence, Engine problems take ferry out of service, school district hires 20 new teachers, District implements new bully policy

Survey shows number of Alaskans going hunting, fishing is declining
A survey by a federal agency found that the number of people going fishing and hunting in Alaska is in a steep decline.

Dozens of headless walruses found on beaches in Alaska
Dozens of walrus carcasses have washed up on beaches this summer, many missing their heads and ivory tusks.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Governor likely to poll senators on special session
Rebuffed by Senate President Lyda Green, Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to go ahead and poll senators on her own to decide where a fall special legislative session on oil taxes should be held, her spokesperson said.

Ethics cloud stymies lawmakers
When he was a keeper of the federal purse strings, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska told another Republican senator who opposed the infamous "bridge to nowhere," "I don't threaten people. I promise people."

Officials praise pipeline progress
Federal regulators on Wednesday praised Alaska's renewed attempts to get a natural gas pipeline built, a sharp contrast to a report earlier this year that said the process had "slipped considerably."

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